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, as jack dickey, a writer for the sports blog deadspin, discovered. >> well, okay, 22-year-old stanford grad gets in a near- fatal car accident, contracts leukemia and then dies. that's a big tragedy. that's going to be written up somewhere. it wasn't. there was no death notice, no obituary, no announcement of her funeral. >> reporter: on december 6, te'o allegedly learned in a phone call from somebody that his girlfriend was a concoction with a fake twitter account. he didn't alert notre dame to what he called a hoax for 20 more days, and the university didn't go public until deadspin published its story on wednesday. but by remaining silent, notre dame left unchallenged numerous reports about te'o's supposedly tragic love story in the run-up to the b.c.s. championship game on january 7. athletic director jack swarbrick acknowledged the school did not encourage te'o to set the record straight before the game preferring that he stay focused on the contest. >> this was a very elaborate very sophisticated hoax, perpetrated for reasons we can't fully understand, but had a certain cruelty a
this story, does that add up? >> well, you know, i think that my colleague jack dickey, who wrote the story with me and i really sort of went out to not -- not focus on anybody really sort of being the victim or the perpetrator here. te'o's story that he is completely innocent in this doesn't really shake through with us for a few reasons. first, we have a lot of stories about how they met. that she was a student at stanford and they met after the 2009 football game. we know that didn't happen. >> right. it was supposed to be a face-to-face meeting. >> where did that story come from? you know, so there is some responsibility there for that. when te'o said i know i'll see my girlfriend again some day, we know now that they never saw each other in the first place. so what is he referring to when see says "again some day." >> espn did an interview with te'o after what he said was the death of his girlfriend. i just want to play part of that. >> i cried, i yelled. i never felt that way before. this is six hours ago, i just found my grandma passed away. and you take, you know, the love of my lif
't exist. so we put jack dickey, one of our reporters, on the records and tim burke went after the online side of it to try to find any evidence that she existed. and it was -- it was sort of a scary or confusing thing to do because what kept happening is we just kept not finding her. and then the question was at what point as you're not finding this person, you know, as you can't find her obituary, you can't find her death in the social security administration records, you can't find that she attended stanford because she didn't, at what point do all these negatives add up to a positive? >> so who started all this? what did your reporting find? >> we're still trying to figure out exactly what happened, but we found a woman whose picture had been used to represent this fictitious girlfriend. and she had no idea. she had given the picture to a high school classmate of hers, who's either a friend or a distant relative of te'o's. and so the question is whether it was a friend pulling a prank on another friend or whether they knew from the start what they were both doing with this fake person
that but my colleague, jack dickey and i decided to check it out. we start googling the name. we can't find any evidence of this person that isn't attached to the story about her being te'o's girlfriend. >> does it give you any pause or how surprised to you after a two-hour conversation and supposedly a big investigation, notre dame stands by mantei manti te'o. >> that's what notre dame does. it would not be accepted by their community, by their boosters for them to throw him under the bus. they're going to stick by him. if i had been offering advice to notre dame or manti te'o yesterday i would have told them don't even respond to it. don't keep the news cycle going with stories about manti te'o's fake girlfriend, just ignore it, because anything they say is going to be more evidence to be used against them to find more times when manti or his brother were being deceptive. either manti or his father were lying about how he met her in the first place and the more they try to explain it, the more they can be caught. >> john berman here, big fan of "dead spin" and congratulations on the story
no obituary, no announcement of her funeral. >> reporter: jack dickey is one of the reporters who broke the story after receiving an anonymous tip. >> this person should have had a high profile but had nothing except stuff on social media. >> reporter: jack swarbrik said his star linebacker was the target of deception. >> this was a very elaborate, very sophisticated hoax. manti was the victim of that hoax. manti is the victim of that hoax. >> earlier, te'o released this statement, "over several months i developed an emotional relationship with a woman i met online, to realize that i was the victim of what was apparently someone's sick joke and constant lies was, and is painful and humiliating." te'o discussed the apparent hoax with school officials on december 26th, 12 days before notre dame lost the national championship game to alabama, a game in which te'o's poor play was scrutinized. >> manti te'o and the rest of this defense unable to wrap him up and bring down t.j. >> reporter: a woman on facebook was surprised to learn her image had been hijacked. >> we ta
? >> yeah. you know, we put a couple of reporters on it, on multiple tracks. and so we had jack dickey was the main reporter looking into records, for instance, in an obituary in this widely reported death and not finding anything. we didn't find any death records. the story was that his grandmother and girlfriend died on the same day. and his grandmother has a death record, and his girlfriend didn't. >> although various outlets have the death of the girlfriend different days. the truth is probably somewhere in the middle. joe, i know you seem to believe that manti created this entire fictional story himself, which i don't think he created lennay. i don't think he created the profile. >> why does he say on national television that i've gotten support from my girlfriend's family? >> there was reportedly a system to contact him on twitter. >> didn't they say he knew the guy that concocted this whole thing? >> the guy that we believe was behind the twitter account for this girlfriend who didn't exist is apparently a friend or a distant relation of his. >> but that guy could have been tric
with because it was so heart-warming. >> on deadspin.com today, my co-writer, jack dickey, and i will publish a full listing you of some of the glaring discrepancy and contradictions in the reporting of the story of manti te'o and lennay kekua, his alleged girlfriend, should have been an immediate flag to anybody paying attention to college football news that something wasn't right here and we have five separate dates that she allegedly died in major media sources. somebody should have noticed this. >> if it turns out that manti te'o was involved in some capacity in this hoax, timothy, why? why why he do it? >> he certainly at least has some incentive. we have no idea what incentive he would -- for a hoaxer to fool him over that term period. but manti te'o would have an increased, and obviously, we know every story written about him this season referred to him, you know, as the guy who lost his grandmother around his girlfriend in a 24-hour period. that's part of his story. and that's part of the myth-making that comes along with being a storied motnotre n athlete. >> timothy burke, we will f
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